Holiday Happenings


Nutcracker at the Raue Center

Engage Dance Theatre and the Raue Center For The Arts are planning a full-length production of The Nutcracker on December 18 and 19 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Former professional dancers Courtney and Marc Petrocci both own and operate triple track dance studio Engage Dance Academy and offer dance classes for people of all ages. They are a year-round, pre-professional dance company and they host three performances a year.

A full-length production of The Nutcracker is one of these performances and it will follow the adventures of Clara, the main character of the production as she enjoys treats, goes on an epic journey and meets new friends and foes, all at the Raue Center For The Arts.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $16 for students and all people age 17 and under. You can contact the event organizers at 815-356-9212 or at The Raue Center is at 26 N. Williams Street in Crystal Lake, Il. -for-the-arts

— By Joseph Ndu

Tree farm offers full experience

Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove has once again opened their Christmas Tree farm
right on time for the holidays.

The tree farm, which was rated as Good Housekeeping’s best Christmas tree farm, offers a wide variety of both Christmas trees and wreaths.

As well as the great wreaths and trees you can get, the tree farm also features a store where you can
buy books, mittens, and other novelties, as well as fresh homemade fudge and donuts. The farm, which is also pet friendly, provides wagon rides to and from the tree fields. They’ll
even help bring back your tree. After you purchase your tree, you are greeted inside the heated gift and
amenity shop with a free hot chocolate or coffee.

The farm is located on the west side of Richardson road, around a mile south of the intersection of
Richardson Road and English Prairie Road.

— By Bryce Beitzel